Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp

Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp (must see)

One of the most fascinating museums one can encounter in Antwerp is the Plantin- Moretus Museum. Home to one of the most prolific printing presses of the 16th and 17th century, the Platin – Moretus Museum is a must visit in Antwerp.

Founded by Christoffel Plantin, a Frenchman who from being a mere bookbinder became the most noted publisher and printer of the Renaissance period, the printing press was one of the key factors in establishing Antwerp as one of Europe’s leading cities with regard to the spread of typography and inventions in printing technology. After its establishment, the printing press saw the involvement of Plantin’s son-in-law, Jan Moretus who played a vital role in bringing newer technologies and inventions to the press after the death of Plantin.

After running successfully for over two centuries the company was sold to the city of Antwerp in 1876. It was not until recently that the Museum was given the title of a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The Museum houses some of the world’s oldest surviving printing presses and some extraordinary tools, dyes and matrices that were in use. However, the most prized possession of the Museum remains the extensive library and antique books that are a century or two old. Also noteworthy are the rich and elaborate interiors and the architecture that speak of the opulence of the Platin- Moretus family.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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Sight Name: Plantin-Moretus Museum
Sight Location: Antwerp, Belgium (See walking tours in Antwerp)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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